As a designer, I work with tiles a lot and I realize that many people get confused by the different types available. I get the same question over and over again, so here are the answers to some of the most common questions I get about tiles.
What is ceramic tile?
Ceramic tiles are used to cover floors and walls. They come in a variety of shapes and can be clear or non-glass. The glazed tiles are coated with molten glass and then embedded in clay. They were twice expelled; One time for tiles and the second for glass and finishing. Glazed tiles are large format porcelain panels to glazed tiles, only that the surface is not glazed.
What is the difference between porcelain tile and ceramic tile?
Porcelain tiles are glazed tiles that are fired at 1300C. Porcelain tiles can be glazed or solid.
What does humility mean?
Full-bodied tiles are ideal for busy spaces. They show no wear as the paint passes through the tiles. The easiest way to tell if a tile is high strength is to look at the back of the tile. If the background is the same color as the front, it is a solid tile.
How do you know if it’s ceramic or porcelain?
If you have two glazed tiles and you don’t know if they are ceramic or porcelain, here’s a little trick. Turn the tiles over and pour water on the back. If the tiles are ceramic, water will easily seep into the tiles. If it’s porcelain, it won’t spill when on the tile…at least not straight away.
That is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles.
Kathryn Haley is the founder and creative director of Home for Her, an online platform for female homeowners that offers expert advice on all aspects of home buying, remodeling and selling.